Ignite HR 2014: Easy For Gandhi to Say

We’re rapidly coming to the end of our Ignite HR presentations from May’s HR Reinvention in Omaha, and I think you’ll agree, it’s been an interesting mix of subjects and insights.

Part of it, of course, is the unique Ignite HR format — five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max — but another part is the very diverse areas that the speakers found to dig into.

Today’s presentation is pretty much defined by this message that caught my eye and has a prominent place in my notebook from the conference: You must be the change you wish to see.

“If only it were that easy”

Those words still stick with me today, more than a month after the event, and I think they have great application yo all we do managing a workforce and trying to drive positive, thoughtful change in our organizations.

However, those words in my notebook — You must be the change you wish to see — are followed by another sentence that ALSO sticks with me: If only it were that easy.

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Yes, this is a VERY different presentation. Its titled Easy for Gandhi to Say,  and it comes from Broc Edwards, the Senior Vice President and Director of Learning & leadership at Extraco Banks in Waco, TX. See if you don’t agree.


John Hollon is Editor-at-Large at ERE Media and was the founding Editor of TLNT.com. A longtime newspaper, magazine, and business journal editor, John has deep roots in the talent management space. He's the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com, served as Editor of RecruitingDaily, and was Vice President for Content at HR technology firm Checkster. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices, including for the popular Fistful of Talent blog. Contact him at johnhollon@ere.net, connect with him on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter @johnhollon.


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